Using Comprehensible Input with ELLs

As a teacher coach and mentor, often brought in to help teachers better reach their ELL students, I have seen some great teaching. Often, however, I can help these teachers become superstars by introducing strategies that illustrate the importance of using comprehensible input - making oneself and one's content understandable to his or her English [...]

By | 2016-08-05T19:28:25+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Creating the Classroom Environment English Language Learners Need

Yesterday I shared how you, the teacher, have a big role in helping English Learners experience success in the post Helping New English Learners Start the Year Right. Today I want to share ideas about the type of classroom environment English Language Learners need to feel successful. The classroom environment English Language Learners encounter speaks volumes When English [...]

Helping New English Learners Start the Year Right

To those of us who have taught new English Learners for some time, we may forget how challenging it is to teach your first ELL - especially if you don't speak the language of the student in front of you. Therefore, I thought it might be helpful to share a few ideas over the next week [...]

By | 2016-08-02T17:30:01+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Tags: , , |

Key Aspects of Teaching English Language Learners

Teaching English language learners comes with its own set of challenges and problems. It's important for teachers to learn these differences in order to effectively teach ELLs. The National Center of Education and Statistics has concluded that the number of ELLs is rising, so it is paramount that teachers know how to help them. Understanding the current proficiency level of [...]

By | 2016-04-08T03:06:53+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Tags: , , |

4 Ways to Create Better Learning Experiences for English Language Learners

Teaching English Language Learners is demanding, no matter how good your students are at practicing their language skills. Besides various cultural barriers, teaching a language to people who use a different language to think requires both skill and effort. This is why teachers are in a continuous search for improvement, and why they struggle to give their [...]

Proven Tips That Will Help You Teach English-Language Learners

Teaching English language learners (ELLs) is considerably different from working with other students. You could be an excellent teacher for native English speakers, and still feel unprepared to help ELLs improve. Because of that, we're going to talk about a few proven tips that you can apply to your classes in order to boost learning: [...]

How to Use Visuals to Teach English Language Learners

The proverb goes "A picture is worth a thousand words", and when it comes to English language learners, it's definitely true. In this article, we are going to go over some ways you can integrate visuals into your courses so that your students gain a better and faster understanding of the language. The picture word inductive [...]

ELL Strategies Training: Critical, Timely, and Imperative

Across the U.S., English Learner students in grades K-12 number nearly 4 million and make up about 10 percent of the public school enrollment. If you are a teacher in the United States, particularly in an urban area, you are almost assured to have, or have had, at least one English Language Learner in your [...]

Comprehensible Input: What it is – and isn’t

Why Comprehensible Input is All It's Cracked Up to Be The year was 1993, and I'd just been hired to do a Spanish Immersion in Okinawa, Japan. While I was excited to be moving from chilly Chinhae, South Korea to the much warmer climate of Oki, secretly I was terrified. I had no idea how [...]

New SEI Endorsement Rules Affect Teachers, Students

On Thursday, April 2, 2015, a bill passed by both the Arizona House and Senate seems like a victory for educators new to Arizona, even education. Given that Arizona recruits and employs many teachers from outside its borders, especially from the Midwest, this bill could have longer-reaching effects on our students - and on the [...]

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